The Apple Pencil is one of the best tools any iPad Pro user can have — especially artists — and it's finally getting an upgrade! Apple announced the new Apple Pencil today in New York; here's everything you need know!

What's different about the new Apple Pencil?

In a quick blurb, the new Apple Pencil has a slightly new design, charges wirelessly, and has some new functionality!

How does the new Apple Pencil charge?

It charges wirelessly by magnetically connecting to the side of the new iPad Pro, meaning your Apple Pencil no longer has a lightning connector on the end and you don't have to plug it into your iPad to charge it up! Plus, since it connects to the side, it should make it much easier to keep track of your Apple Pencil.

New design

The new Apple Pencil is flat on one side, which allows the magnetic connection to the iPad Pro to be much stronger and sit flat against the side.

New functionality

The new Apple Pencil also allows you to double tap the pencil to switch between modes, even the eraser, making it easier than ever to access the mode you need while you're using the Apple Pencil.


The new Apple Pencil is only compatible with the new 12.9-inch and 11-inch iPad Pro models. If you want an Apple Pencil for the older models of iPad Pro (or the 6th generation iPad) you'll need the older generation Apple Pencil.

How much will it cost?

The new Apple Pencil will cost $129 and is available to order today and will be available in stores on November 7, 2018.

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